One of the virtues of naming your restaurant chain Burgerology is that diners know what they are going to get. This summer, however, the Galatoulas family is willing to risk some confusion — at least among its Patchogue customers. Just for summer, the restaurant has launched an extensive seafood menu that will be available until Labor Day.
Eddie Galatoulas, who owns the eight-restaurant chain with his wife, Georgia, and children Maria and John, said that it was a confluence of factors that prompted this leap into the sea. The 200-seat outdoor space in Patchogue “just seemed perfect for eating seafood in the summer,” he said. New corporate chef Stuart Sewell had a lot of experience with seafood, having worked at the now-closed Steelhead Diner in Seattle’s famed Pike Place fish market, as well as at City Crab and The Breslin in Manhattan.
Now, instead of — or in addition to — your burger, you can indulge in a three-tier seafood tower ($160) featuring lobster, shrimp, snow and Dungeness crab clusters, Jonah crab claws, shrimp, Blue Point oysters and clams. There are seafood boils for two ($76) containing snow and Dungeness crab, clams, mussels and shrimp with your choice of Old Bay-beer or lemon-garlic-butter sauce; starters ($7.95 to $17.95) such as clam chowder, crabcakes, baked clams and peel-and-eat shrimp; and fried baskets ($12.95 to $14.95) of clam strips, shrimp, calamari or basa. Mains ($16.95 to $24.95) include a broiled lobster (market price), lobster Caesar salad, fried sandwiches and, inevitably, a “surf & turf” burger ($29.95) topped with lobster, Cajun aioli and mozzarella.
Burgerology is also introducing a lobster roll ($26.95) that will be served at all locations. The meat is bathed in a lemon-zested mayo with celery and chives, wedged into a griddled brioche bun and served with either a side salad or Burgerology’s excellent fresh-cut French fries.
Burgerology, 11 Railroad Ave., Patchogue; 631-730-7434, burgerologyusa.com. The chain has additional Long Island locations in Farmingdale, Huntington, Rockville Centre and Stony Brook.